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VOLUME LXXXIII.-NO. 142.
FOR PEACE OR WAR SPAIN MUST DECIDE BY SATURDAY PRESIDENT SENDS HIS ULTIMATUM Woodford Will Present It To-Day if Sagasta Will Permit Him. Clash of Arms May Come With out That, for Spain's Torpedo Fleet Has Sailed From Cape Verde. NEW YORK. April 20 — The Herald's Washington cor respondent telegraphs: Di plomacy has ended. War is now upon us. Spain's fleet sailed to-night from St. Vin cent for an unknown desti nation. American men-of war are on lookout for the Spanish ships, and all is in readiness for the word to move on Cuban ports. The first £un is to be fired as a necessary prelude in the mind of the President to for= ma! declaration of war, but when he signed the act of Con gress to-day calling SPAIN WILL BE GIVEN UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY TO REPLY. WASHINGTON, April 20.— The text of the President's ultima tum will not be given out here until it has been presented in Madrid and McKinley has received notice of that fact from Minister Woodford. It embodies the demands of the resolutions passed by Congress that Spain shall withdraw her army and navy from Cuba and Cu ban waters at once, and the American Minister is instructed to im press upon the Sagasta Government that he will not wait longer than Saturday for his answer. There Is a dispute as to whether the ultimatum runs by its terms until Saturday at noon or Sat urday at midnight, but it is not thought probable the President will attempt, as one statesman expressed it, "To hold a stop watch on the Spanish Government." ♦ ♦♦*#***♦****** * * * * ##**♦**********-*-• - * for forcible interven tion and dispatched an ultimatum to Spain he knew full well that war must follow. Spain still has until Saturday morning to consider the ultima tum which Minister Woodford was to-day instructed to immedi ately present to the Madrid authorities. No one supposes that she now even wants this much time. The assumption of the President and his ad= visers is that Spain will immediately re= ply to the ultimatum by sending Minister Woodford his pass ports, thereby throw ing down the gauntlet to the United States. The waiting period will then be over and the careful The San Francisco Call CUBAN SARCASM. Copyrighted, ISPS, by James Gordon Bennett. HAVANA, April 20 —La Lucha says ironically to-day: "Accord ing: to the last cable we have re ceived President McKinley will fix the time of forty-eight hours for Spain to withdraw her army from Cuba. It will be necessary to ask McKinley for delay be cause it i-s not possible to with draw 20,000 soldiers and guerril las and 300,000 volunteers from the country in the time the tele gTam says the President of the great republic is going to fix. If he does not prolong the time we will rebel against the President's order on account ot the practical impossibility of fulfilling It. To drive away the master from his own house in a fixed and per emptory time is having but little consideration for him, don't you think?"' The directive board of the Au tonomist party did not hold last night the session for which it had convoked the members for the purpose of approving candidates for representatives before the in sular cabinet. There was no quorum. "WAR! WAR! WAR!" LONDON, April 21.— Accord- Ing to a special dispatch from Madrid Senor Sagasta on being asked the opinion of the Cabinet as to the outlook, replied: "War! War! War!" ly prepared plans for forcibly intervening to put an end to Spanish misrule in Cuba will be put into execution. The movement of naval vessels to begin the preliminary work of blockading Cuban and. Porto Rico ports may, there fore, commence to-morrow unless Spain desires to take advantage of the full limit of time allowed her before mak ing reply to the ultimatum. In any event the war fleets will be on the move by Saturday. The war squadrons at Hampton Roads, Key West and Hongkong are waiting, with steam up, for the word to move. The regular army of SAX FRANCISCO,. THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1898. THE FIRST INFANTRY MARCHES AWAY TO THE WAR. Column Passing Down Van Ness Avenue. THE ULTIMATUM NOT DELIVERED TO SPAIN YET Minister Woodford Will Present It to Sagasta To-Day if He Is Permitted to Do So. MADRID, April 20.— Minister Woodford has received from the Pres ident his ultimatum and will present It to the Spanish Government to-morrow. The Spanish employes at the legation will pass the night at Minister Woodford's residence. After the opening session of the Cortes the Ministers met In coun cil extraordinary and discussed exclusively naval and military mat ters. No statement has been issued regarding the decisions reached. After the council Senor Sagasta, the Premier, declared that the Government had up to that time received nothing regarding the ulti matum. United States Minister Woodford has not yet asked for his pass ports. Herbert W. Bowen, American Consul-General at Barcelona, will leave that city on Thursday, after transferring the papers of the consulate to the British Consul. The Ministerial paper, El Correo, says to-night: "When the ulti matum is delivered Spain will worthily reply, stoutly defending her honor. LONDON, April 21.— The Madrid correspondent of the Daily Mall telegraphing at 11 o'clock Wednesday everting says: General Woodford's family left to-night by the ordinary express for Biarritz. The American Minister himself has taken tickets for the south of France by the express to-morrow. He haa received exten sive dispatches of instructions. It is doubtful if he will have an op portunity of presenting the ultimatum since, in all probability, Senor Gullon, the Foreign Minister, will send him his passports at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning (Thursday) with, a declaration that diplomatic re lations between the two governments have been broken off. General Woodford has handed the archives of the legation to the British Embassy, where he dined to-night. The Republican minority met this afternoon and agreed to grant the Government whatever measures might be necessary for war. Some uneasiness is felt at the movements of Don Carlos, which are being closely followed. It is asserted that the Government will not resort to privateering. the United States is concentrating at Southern ports f orthe invasion of Cuba* A proclamation will be is sued by the President to GERMANY A FRIEND TO AMERICA. BERLIN, April 20.— The offi cials of the Foreign Office here confirm the report that the Span- ish Government has asked Ger many to sell ordnance and army supplies. They add that the re quest has been refused. BOUGHT TWO CUNARDERS. | LONDON. April 21.— The Daily ■ Telegraph declares this morn- • that the United States Govern- ■ ment has purchased the Umbria ■ and the Etruria of the Cunard ■ line. i morrow, if final action is taken by the Senate, calling for 80,000 volunteers. There were important conferences between the President and his War and Naval Secre taries and the members of the Military and Strategic Board at the White House this afternoon, and the con ferences lasted until night between the War and Navy Department officials for the purpose of effecting details and getting everything in readiness for the final plunge. It has been a day of war talk and warlike actions. "Who will fire the first shot?" "How long will the war last ?" are questions heard in every quarter. Everybody has stopped ask SPAIN'S TORPEDO FLEET NOW ON THE HIGH SEAS The Ships Sailed Away From the Cape Verde Islands Yesterday for Some Unknown Destination. NEW YORK, April 20. — The Washington correspondent of the Herald sends the following: Spain's answer to President Mc- Kinley's ultimatum may take the form of shot and shell. Her formidable fleet, which has been mobilizing at Cape Verde Islands for some days past, sailed to-day from that point for an unknown destination. This information was received to-night by the at taches of the late legation of Spain who have remained in this city. It is conceded to be highly probable that the fleet will hasten across the ocean to Porto Rico and Cuba to prevent by force the ousting from the islands of the naval and military forces of the Spanish Government. In order to ascertain the whereabouts of the Spanish vessels it is probable that a swift man-of-war will be sent to Eastern waters. As soon as they sight the enemy it will be their duty to return and inform the Government of what they have seen, when Commodore Schley's forces and those of Captain Sampson will be gathered to administer a crushing blow to the enemy. It is admitted to be possible that the vessels may not go to Cuba or to Pcrto iiico, but may make a counter demonstration against New York or one of the Northern ports, in which event it would be necessary to draw ships away from the gulf coast to give them battle. Officials say they will have plenty of time to prepare for the Spanish fleet, as at least a week will be taken up in making the distance between St. Vincent and Porto Rico. ing, "'Will there be war ?" Forcible intervention it will be, and forcible intervention means war, but President McKinley still insists that Spain shall fire the first shot. The ports of Cuba will be blockaded as a preliminary movement for carrying out the intervention plan. There are such things as peaceful PRICE FIVE CENTS. blockades. If Spain does not fire a shot while the block- ading is in progress, the next move will be to send a ship laden with supplies and con voyed by American warships to Matanzas, where an effort will be made to land them and to distribute them to the starving. A ship was char tered to-day for this purpose.